About Rebecca

Rebecca Somers is a partner in our Chemicals Practice. She supports chemicals projects around the world, with a particular focus on petrochemicals and bio-based chemicals. Now based in McKinsey’s Bangkok office, she spent a number of years serving clients out of our Washington, DC, office.

Rebecca has deep expertise in the dynamics shaping the global petrochemicals industry. She is known for having built a variety of cost curves to understand petrochemicals’ pricing mechanisms and margin outlooks. Select examples of her client work include:

  • leading a holistic transformation program for a Southeast Asian integrated petrochemicals-refinery company; the project involved improving margins for polymer resins, specifically
  • supporting a strategic investment analysis of Southeast Asian oleochemicals assets, including fatty alcohol and fatty acid plants
  • advising a Southeast Asian petrochemicals company on global competitiveness; the project included determining competitive feedstock sources, building 15 chemical cost curves for inferring competitive position, analyzing the downstream market supply and demand, and crafting ten potential global growth opportunities
  • helping an Asian commodities fertilizer player with a commercial due diligence study of a specialty fertilizers business for possible acquisition
  • advising a large oil and gas company on future strategic initiatives, based on the circular economy; Rebecca and her team led benchmarking trips, assessed potential ideas applicable to client, and defined the pilot initiative for future growth.

Prior to joining McKinsey in 2008 , Rebecca investigated the surface chemistry and energy transfer mechanisms of fluorescent inorganic nanocrystal quantum dots for applications toward chemical and biological sensing during her graduate studies.

Published work

Making innovative structures work: McKinsey Global Survey Results,” McKinsey & Company, September 2012

Education

Massachusetts Institute of Technology
PhD in inorganic chemistry

Northwestern University
BA in chemistry